Baskin, the founder of Big Cat Rescue, has never been charged with a crime and issued a statement denying the allegations stated in the series. However, the Miami-Dade State's Attorney's Office said it would review evidence from the case to determine whether charges are warranted.
In the series, it is claimed that Baskin paid $50,000 to have two men murdered and that she allowed another man to die in her custody. Baskin has also been accused of covering up several cases of abuse at her facilities over the years. One former employee was charged with murder for killing his wife after he became frustrated with her inability to breed tigers suitable for sale. Another woman was charged after she was found not guilty by reason of insanity for killing one of her patients. A third individual was killed when a tiger he was caring for escaped into traffic and was struck by a car.
Baskin has denied all accusations of wrongdoing and says she will continue to operate her businesses in the same manner as before. However, due to the ongoing investigation, she has decided to step down as president of Big Cat Rescue. Her husband, Ben Camm-Ellison, has agreed to take over this role while they cooperate with police.
The program went into great detail about Maldonado-repeated Passage's claims that Baskin murdered her husband and maybe fed him to her tigers.
Maldonado-repeated Claims: Carole Baskin killed her husband and maybe fed him to her tigers.
Barry Meadows died in 2001 after being trapped in a culvert on his property in Florida. He was found by his son who called police. An autopsy determined that he had been shot in the chest. Police said they believed it was an accident. They did not think Barry Meadows knew his son was going to release the big cats from their enclosures so they could eat him.
In 2008, another of Baskin's employees, Christina Mittermeier, was fired for allegedly poisoning the animals inside the sanctuary with strychnine. She claimed that Baskin had hired her to do this because the animals were becoming too friendly with visitors. Baskin denied these allegations as well and filed a lawsuit against Mittermeier for defamation. The case is still pending.
In November 2009, a third employee, Tara Stojcevski, was arrested for allegedly poisoning two of the sanctuary's cats. It is thought that she did this because they were trying to befriend a little girl.
Baskin is the owner of the Big Cat Rescue wildlife refuge in Florida. A spokeswoman for Dunkin Brands, which owns Baskin-Robbins, verified to Fox News that "Carole Baskin is in no way affiliated to Baskin-Robbins." However, the two entities do have one thing in common: They both use "Cat" in their names.
Baskin was given a misdemeanor charge after being accused of poisoning three of her cats in 2008. The cats were treated at an animal hospital near Baskin's home in Orlando, Florida. Baskin initially admitted to giving them pills that she said were cat treats but later claimed she had only given them water. She was released on $1,000 bail and ordered not to have any more pets at her residence.
In September 2015, Baskin announced that she was building an "extension to my existing sanctuary" that will include "an outdoor trail where people can see wild animals without being close up with them". The new facility will be called the Big Cat Sanctuary & Trails. It will be located about 15 minutes away from Baskin's current site.
Baskin has also been criticized for her management practices at her other sanctuary. In January 2014, the Miami Herald reported that there had been four deaths at the sanctuary since it opened five years earlier.
When she isn't dancing, Baskin operates Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida, a sanctuary for exotic animals, especially tigers, which have been saved from captivity. The sanctuary is home to several cats who have been rehabilitated and given new lives there.
Baskin has been called "the Jane Goodall of Thailand" because she studies and tries to save wild animals in their natural habitat. She also uses her position to call for an end to the trade in animal products and toys. In addition, she promotes environmental awareness through fundraising events and by writing articles.
Baskin was born on January 4, 1959 in New York City. Her mother was a former actress and her father was a doctor who worked with astronauts during the space race. He was also one of the first doctors to treat patients with AIDS. Baskin has two siblings: a sister named Patti and a brother named Matt.
At the age of 12, Baskin wanted to be a dancer like Diana Ross or Marilyn Monroe. But because she was too old to start training at a professional ballet company, she decided to learn how to dance like them instead. Baskin attended Boston's American Academy of Ballet before moving to New York City to join the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.